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  • HyperHam 11:32 am on December 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baby Alex, Skype,   

    Double Edged Sword 

    I went to check in on baby (the first time I checked in, he was sitting at the top of his crib, trying to reach everything on the night stand – oy!), and he was backwards/upside down/on his tummy. I immediately wanted to grab the camera and snap a pick to share, when I stopped.

    Technology has given us an amazing tool – the ability to share moments in time. Why just yesterday we were having tea with my mum (who lives 5 timezones away) via the wonder that is Skype, when a friend dropped in. So introductions were made via cam, something that couldn’t happen even over a phone line. But, technology also takes away – it strips the primary user of the tech from really experiencing the moment. I don’t look at my son babbling, I look at the camera’s screen, and see a recording (live, but still a recording) of my son babbling at me. That camera sucks the life out of the moment between my son and I, while giving life to the end users (his grandparents). When we give, we miss out.

    I watched him a bit longer, debated whether I should right him (and risk the wrath of light sleeping AlexMonster), and finally left the room, sans photo.

    It’s his moment. Let him have it.

    • Shari 9:47 pm on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It is amazing how many people watch concerts through their cell phones… You are exactly right. 🙂

  • HyperHam 1:55 pm on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: grandparents, Hong Kong, Ohio, , Skype, ,   

    The modern traditional family 

    My husband and I are geeks, through and through. When the baby went down for bed yesterday, we could have folded clothes or played a few levels of Portal 2. Guess what won out? (The laundry got folded this morning, no worries). So this noon when it was time to feed Alex lunch, we noticed that both my parents (in the US) and his folks (in Hong Kong) were online. We pretty much pushed the boundries of Skype (and our broadband!), but there we were, with laptops sitting next to each other, and two sets of grandparents watching their grandson enjoy lunch. It was 7 am in Ohio, noon in London, and 8 pm in Hong Kong, but were any other family sitting down to a Sunday meal.

    People decry technology for the downfall of the family. “We’ve become too isolated!”, they screech. “We can’t even talk to each other anymore!” And I agree. Technology, like ANYTHING else in the world, can hurt you if you let it. But considering technology helped me find my husband, keep in touch with him when we lived an ocean apart, and keep our family together now that baby Alex is here, I can only find good in technology. Yes, I check my email while I feed baby his morning milk. Yes, my husband is on his phone first thing in the morning. Yes, my son understands what most remotes in the house do. And yes, we do love Portal 2. But, this is our family.

    Non-traditional, geeky, and always loving.

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